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NOTE: All film screenings tickets and all workshop tickets are generic, and are good for any film or any workshop.
FILMS: There are plenty of seats available for film audiences in our large movie theaters. If you want to be certain of seeing a specific film or films, however, we advise you to arrive at the theater before the screening time.
WORKSHOPS: If you want to be certain to attend a specific workshop, we also advise you to arrive at the workshop venue early.
If you are a winner, finalist, semi-finalist, in any competition category, and/or your film has been selected for screening at Moondance 2013, and you need the 2013 laurel wreath(s) for your promotions, please contact Elizabeth at: firstname.lastname@example.org OR: email@example.com
FESTIVAL LODGING SUGGESTIONS:
Seek beauty, truth, harmony…the promise of the future and the blessings of today. Live well, laugh often, love much, gain the respect & the love of children; fill your niche, accomplish your tasks; leave the world better than you found it. Appreciate Earth’s beauties & express it. Look for the best in others and give the best you have.
INTRODUCING OUR TALENTED & HARD-WORKING
FILM SCREENINGS COORDINATOR:
~ Daniel DiBella ~
Daniel S. DiBella is a writer, director, producer and cinematographer of independent films, and a graduate of Fairfield University’s Film, Television and Media program. Daniel comes from a large family that has successfully run one of the Connecticut shoreline’s most recognized and longest-running restaurants, “Luigi’s”, in Old Saybrook. While it would have been easy for Daniel to stay and work for a successful family business, his desire to build his own creative career led him to Fairfield University where his academic achievements warranted his acceptance into the school’s Film and Media honor society.
During his time at Fairfield, Daniel wrote and directed several short films, notably ‘My Brothers Hand’, ‘Twenty Feet Close’, and ‘Children of the Moon’, which are currently emerging with recognition in numerous international film festivals, including the 2013 Moondance International Film Festival, which will screen ‘Twenty Feet Close’, as a short film winner. Some of his previous experiences include working for Engel Entertainment in NYC and for Consentino Films, Inc. He is the Co-Founder of Mind Alliance Pictures, which produces freelance films.
LOCAL FILMMAKER’S DOCUMENTARY ON 9/11 FLIGHT 93 CRASH TO PREMIERE
“We Were Quiet Once” World Premiere at Moondance!
DINGMAN TOWNSHIP, PA – A local filmmaker will make his feature debut this month with a documentary about the local reaction to the crash of Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001. Delaware Valley High School 2007 graduate Ryan Balton, who grew up in Dingman Township, co-produced “We Were Quiet Once.” The film takes a unique look at the people of Somerset, Pa. who have personally memorialized the international tragedy that occurred in their backyard. The documentary’s world premiere will be at the Moondance International Film Festival in Mystic, Conn. Sept. 26 to 29. “We Were Quiet Once” was directed by Somerset native Laura Beachy. The film features an eyewitness to the crash who has tattooed his entire body with images of Sept. 11; a former Catholic priest who bought an abandoned chapel and converted it into a shrine to honor the victims of Flight 93; and a first responder with the volunteer fire department who now coordinates an annual memorial motorcycle ride to the three Sept. 11 crash sites.
Also see the Daily American article on “We Were Quiet Once” A homegrown story of United Flight 93 and its effect on the community will get international attention this month.
PORTLAND MAN’S SCREENPLAY WINS HONORS AT MOONDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
MIDDLETOWN >> A longtime Portland man was shocked when his screenplay wasn’t just sent back and critiqued, but won its category at the MoonDance International Film Festival. Jim Steffman, 58, first wrote “For What It’s Worth” as a novel based on his life. “For What It’s Worth” is a crime drama filled with the Mafia and the FBI. The story, which started as an autobiographical novel called “Shadow of Death,” has become a 140-page screenplay. Taking the top prize in the Best Feature Screenplay category of MoonDance, Steffman said he did not expect to win. “I submitted it not with the intention of winning, but the intention of having it critiqued and sent back to me,” Steffman said. “I polished it and polished it, hoping to meet criteria.” MoonDance receives entries from all over the world and has more than 25 genres and categories. “The win is so huge because there’s so many entries from so many countries,” Steffman said. “It’slike 0.001 percent of a chance.”
2013 MOONDANCE NEW AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT!
A new award category has been created: the MOONDANCE SEVEN SEAS AWARD: This is an award for a winning project created by writers, filmmakers & composers, who enlighten others, help change perceptions about another culture and/or place, and promote cross-cultural knowledge and awareness, through the art of film, writing or music, and, thus, encourage a better understanding of the world’s people.
The seven 2013 winners of this new award are all filmmakers, and are from the US, India, Austria/Ukraine, Tunisia, Netherlands & the UK:
JIANGSU: LAND OF GOOD FORTUNE, feature documentary travel film, directed by Chris Nebe (USA). Revel in the time-honored magic of the sacred spirit of nature, and discover the beauty and ancient traditions of the Jiangsu province in China, with its lovely Venice of the Far East, where the revered author, Pearl S. Buck, lived and wrote her prize-winning novels.. ~60 minutes
KHALTI DOKA VARTI PAAY (UPSIDE DOWN), feature film, directed by Ajay Singh (India). Upside Down is a metaphorical revelation about the ways and means of everyday city life, as seen through the eyes of a little village kid. Upside Down asks for our attention toward the high paced, highly glamorous ways we live our lives, which for a naïve village kid is nothing short of a spectacle witnessed during the carnival or circus, making us ponder whether we have got it all wrong. ~80 minutes
LITTLE DANCER, feature film, directed by George Jecel (Austria/Ukraine). New ways have taken over in the rural backwater of an Eastern European country. Tradition is losing out to greed and personal gain, with a steep price paid in the currency of human suffering. Tatjiana, an exceptional and gifted peasant girl, has a legitimate shot at attending the National Ballet Academy. Her dream is shared by her instructor and priest, Father Nikolai, and by her love interest, Vasa, a war-orphaned boy living in the forest by himself. As Tatjiana’s departure to ballet school draws closer, her naïve aspirations meet head-on with the brutality of a new world that is without a moral compass. In Russian, with English subtitles. ~ ~104 minutes
SABBAT EL AÏD (MY SHOES), short film, directed by Anis Lassoud (Tunisia). In a small countryside village, Ahmed is a 9 year old boy with a passion for running. Under the influence and with the help of Ba Zdig, the village idiot, he dreams of becoming an Olympic Champion. He not only runs for that reason, but also because he needs it, it is his vocation, for the simple pleasure of it and to attain a passionate weightlessness. He will go through his ordeal between dreams and nightmares, hopes and frustrations. But the day of Aid will bring him the much-coveted shoes and the whole village will celebrate and share his joy. ~30 minutes. In Arabic, with English subtitles
SILENT SNOW, short documentary film, directed by Jan Vanden Berg (Netherlands). Against the background of melting ice and a white landscape, two young native girls in Northern Greenland speak out against the dangerous pollution and global warming which is dramatically changing their lives, and the traditional livelihoods of their families. ~ 14 minutes. In Inulitiput, with English subtitles.
THE LONG JOURNEY HOME, animation, directed by Billie Mintz (US). In a village that never knew sickness, a boy is sent into the wilderness to find the cure to his strange illness. He returns from his great journey to a village that does not recognize him for the changes he has endured. Until one day, much later, the village sends out a young warrior to find the boy and bring him home. It is time. They are ready to hear his life-affirming story. ~5 minutes
THE ROAD HOME, short film for kids, Directed by: Rahul Gandotra (UK). Bullied by his schoolmates for insisting he is British, despite his Indian heritage, 10 year-old Pico runs away from his boarding school in the Himalayas, determined to return to his home in far-away England. As he treks through a stunning landscape unknown to him, he encounters others along the way who treat him as an Indian. ~21 minutes
MOONDANCE 2013 SPECIAL AWARD:
THE MOONDANCE MERMAID’S PEARL AWARD will be presented to Sandra Consentino, a very talented & special recipient, a virtuosa film editor & post-production wizard. The award is presented to honor and recognize women in the film industry who have contributed most to insuring that women’s work is recognized and appreciated for its worth, who help women achieve success in film, writing & music, and who have themselves contributed a body of the highest quality work, and who continue to contribute to this vital effort. The pearl in the award is a symbol of women’s efforts to make something meaningful and valuable from our struggles to overcome that “grain of sand” women often encounter, when trying to express themselves and succeed within the international film and entertainment industry. The resulting lovely pearl is a reminder of what beautiful things women can accomplish.
ON BOULDER, COLORADO FLOODS:
Thanks a million to all the many emails & calls offering best wishes & prayers for me & Moondance, from around he world, in reference to our devastating floods here in Colorado. After much hard work & massive clean-ups, we are now mostly dry and well. ~~Cheers, Elizabeth
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“Have been hearing the distressing news from Boulder, Colorado, and hoping that all is well with you. I know that Moondance is shifting to Mystic, Connecticut, and hopefully you are safely out of harm’s way. Having survived our Christchurch earthquakes, but sadly lost a relative to it, our thoughts and prayers are with you all and your loved ones. We know what you are going through. Kia kaha.” ~ Celine & Craig Gibson, NZ, 2013 feature screenplay finalist “Stitched Up”
“Antonis and I are writing to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. I hope everyone is well in Colorado and that you are all safe. Filakia polla.” ~ Tia Spanos Tsonis, Producer, Melbourne, Australia, 2013 finalist, short narrative film, “The Firebird”
• “From Christchurch, New Zealand, I just want to pass on my sincere thanks for thinking my (feature screenplay), ‘Stitched Up’, worthy of a finalist placing. I have copied out my laurel wreath, for my home, and for my mum’s home. Today I bought beautiful frames for them both. Now I have my semi-finalist wreath and my finalist wreath on my wall. If I work really hard I am hoping to complete the line up for next year…a Moondance miracle. I have been spreading the ‘Moondance’ word and rave about it to everyone. Your website is one of the most inspiring I have ever come across. Just when I think the world’s in a bad way, and I start to feel blue about it, sure enough an email arrives from Moondance, and suddenly the universe is wonderful again…and so worth saving. Once again, many, many thanks to Moondance for recognising my efforts.” ~ Celine Gibson, .Christchurch, New Zealand
• “Thank you so much for notification of FIRST: The Official Film of the London 2012 Olympic Games being selected for screening! We are honoured and excited.“ ~ Anna Baelz-Stead, UK
• ““Thank you so much for the finalist stamp for my book trailer! I’m honored!!” ~ Diane Gardner, “The Dragon Shield”
• “It would be fantastic if we could make it to the USA for the festival. Moondance is a festival I have been personally following for a couple of years, and all month I was saying…I really hope we get in to Moondance! So thank you again for this honour and I hope we meet in the future to put a face to a name. Perhaps on a Greek island!” ~ Tia Spanos Tsonis, Australia
• “What a lovely surprise! Thank you so much for selecting – The Competition – as screenplay finalist. I was so honoured that our screenplay had been chosen. A massive thank you from the UK from Shelagh McLeod and my wonderful story editor John Parker.”
• “I’m still in delighted shock after coming across my first full-length screenplay, “Wheel Women” on the semi-finalists list. I entered it in Moondance for the sole purpose of getting access to the critique service, and never expected to see it on any list. A writer should be more eloquent in her thanks, but I hardly know how to say how much this validation and encouragement means to me. Living far from LA or NYC, without a writer’s group for scripts, I sometimes feel like I’m writing in the dark. I’m now even more looking forward to receiving the critique and working to make Wheel Women the very best script it can be. ~ Carolyn Kourofsky
• “Having completed the screenplay of my story, the only film festival I entered was the Moondance. Your life work to bring social awareness of important issues to help shape or change perspective and perception left me in awe. I am so proud you have chosen my screenplay “For What it’s Worth” to be part of the 2013 Moondance. Thank you in advance for giving me the opportunity to meet and talk with you at this years event. 2013 winner- wow!” ~James P. Steffman
• “I just wanted to thank you for putting a smile on my husband, Jim Steffman’s, face! He has been so happy to hear he won the Feature Screenplay… It has been years since I have seen him really smile. Words cannot express the gratitude I am trying to express, but know I am forever grateful that you put a smile on his face, and a laugh in his voice. We are really enjoying the moment. THANK YOU!” ~ Leslie Steffman
• “Just wanted to say good luck with everything in Mystic! We sure had a great time last year in NYC.” ~ Jack Niedenthal, foreign short film winner, 2012, Marshall Islands
• “Thank you for continuing to put on a wonderful festival. I am deeply honored that Elaine Liu’s and my screenplay, “The Barefoot Doctor”, was selected as a FINALIST in the feature screenplay category. We are already working on the screenplay we will enter in the contest next year.” ~ Jack Vandagriff & Elaine L. Liu
• “On behalf of the cast and crew of “If I Were a Bell” thank you for inviting us to participate in the Moondance International Film Festival. We are thrilled by the opportunity to meet with other filmmakers and the people who appreciate independent films.” Sherese Robinson Lee
• “We are thrilled and honored to have been selected for Moondance! Awesome that you are now on the east coast, that will make it much more likely that we’ll be able to attend, being from Boston.” ~ Ben Phillipo, director, “Cara Campenelli: Poor Heart” music video finalist
• “Thank you so much for the lovely laurel wreath! My team will treasure it! Being as most of the people who worked on this trailer are college students, this is a very special honor!” ~ Dianne Lynn Gardner, The Dragon Shield, film trailer
• “We are delighted that SACRED SITES OF THE DALAI LAMAS and TALKING WITH THE SPIRITS are finalists and will be shown at the Moondance Film Festival in Mystic Connecticut. (near my old stomping grounds). We’ll do what we can to promote it.” ~ Michael Weise, MWP.com filmmaking & screenwriting book publisher
• “We just returned from Rome International Film Festival where we received the award for Best Documentary Feature Film! We had a great audience response and so we’re just letting you know that we’re very much looking forward to our screening with you later this month! We are extremely delighted and honored to be chosen as a “Documentary Winner” for your Festival! ~ Priscilla Pesci, “The 25,000 mile Love Story”
• “I was thrilled to find out that my stageplay, “Meet Pete” was selected to be Winner of the Stageplay category at Moondance! (and that it initially had been selected as a finalist in the Moondance fast-forward contest). I am really grateful to be recognized for “Meet Pete.” Thank you so much!” ~ Jeana H. Grady
SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
“Sometimes the most seemingly mundane things can teach us great lessons. We cannot help but be affected by that with which we choose to surround ourselves. We are only as strong as our environment. Even the healthiest seed cannot reach its full potential and grow without a nurturing environment. There is something wondrous that happens when you surround yourself with positive influences – something magical that the eye cannot see, and have no idea of the energy exchange that is taking place!” ~ Yehuda Berg
“If you’re not looking out for your happiness, then you will not be happy.” ~ Shayne McClandon“Time is the only coin of your life. Only you can determine how it will be spent.” ~ Carl Sandburg
“Trust not him that hath once broken faith; he who betrayed thee once, will betray thee again and again.” ~ William Shakespeare
BE THE LIGHTHOUSE!
In the darkest part of the night, a ship’s captain cautiously piloted his battleship through the fog-shrouded waters. With straining eyes he scanned the hazy darkness, searching for dangers lurking just out of sight. Then his worst fears were realized when he saw a bright light straight ahead. It appeared to be a vessel on a collision course with his ship. To avert disaster he quickly radioed the oncoming vessel. “This is Captain Jeremiah Smith,” his voice crackled over the radio. “Please alter your course 10 degrees south! Over.”
To the captain’s amazement, the foggy image did not move. Instead, he heard back on the radio, “Captain Smith. This is Private Thomas Johnson. Please alter your course 10 degrees north! Over.” Appalled at the audacity of the message, the captain shouted back over the radio, “Private Johnson, this is Captain Smith, and I order you to immediately alter your course 10 degree south! Over.”
A second time the oncoming light did not budge. “With all due respect Captain Smith,” came the private’s voice again, “I order you to alter your course immediately 10 degrees north! Over.” Angered and frustrated that this impudent sailor would endanger the lives of his crew, the captain growled back over the radio, “Private Johnson. I can have you court-martialed for this! For the last time, I command you, on the authority of the United States government, to alter your course 10 degrees to the South! I am a battleship!”
The private’s final transmission was chilling: “Captain Smith, sir. Once again, and with all due respect, I command you to alter your course! I AM A LIGHTHOUSE!“
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